In Ruba Shamshoum's debut album 'Shamat' (Arabic for Beauty Spots) she deals with identity, anger, escapism, lack of communication, fear, and love. The songs on the album were written and arranged by Ruba.
Ruba Shamshoum is a Palestinian musician, born and raised in Nazareth and currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Ruba’s music draws from the harmony, sensibility, improvisation and playfulness of jazz, mixed with tinges of Middle Eastern and Arabic musical elements that compliment her style and bring it to unique and distinctive places. In 2011, Ruba dove into music, and made it her profession; She studied jazz performance at Newpark Music Centre, wrote music for film (When I Saw you), released a few singles that generated much acclaim and were a part of top indie charts in the Middle East and North Africa, performed in international festivals in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East, and gave a TED talk about finding your own distinctive voice in music and art.
released May 5, 2017
Ruba Shamshoum - Lead and backing vocals
Orlando Molina - Guitar
Barry Rycraft - Double bass
Matthew Jacobson - Drums
Aleka Potinga - Cello
Mathew Berrill - Clarinet
Jay Wilson - Piano
All the songs were written and arranged by Ruba Shamshoum except:
"Genesis of the Bubble"
Lyrics by Ruba Shamshoum
Improvised music by Matthew Jacobson, Orlando Molina, and Barry Rycraft.
Recorded and mixed at Arad Studio, Dublin, 2016.
Recording Engineer - Leslie Keye
Mastering - Michael Buckley
Produced by Matthew Jacobson and Leslie Keye
Executive Producer - Amir Salameh
Illustrations - Charlotte Shama
Graphic Design - Joanne Shamshoum
Arabic language advisor - Eyad Barghuthy
A very special thank you to Amir, for being there in every step of this long journey.
Thank you for always believing in me.